"Practice guides" are related to treatises-they might even be considered a type of treatise, but are more geared to helping practitioners handle certain tasks. While a treatise might describe the elements of a legal claim, a practice guide might assist in drafting a complaint based on that claim or drafting a contract that avoids raising that claim. Some practice guides are one-stop-shopping materials that describe legal principles and go on to provide checklists or forms. In the case of loose-leaf services, you can often find statutes, regulations, cases, and practice pointers in one place. This guide includes a number of related practitioner materials, including treatises, continuing legal education materials, form books, and looseleaf services.
Note: For Illinois Practices Guides, please visit Illinois page.
Federal/National Practice Materials
On Lexis and Westlaw, there is a wealth of continuing legal education materials on tremendously diverse subjects. On Lexis , see Legal>Secondary Legal. On Westlaw , see All Databases > Forms, Treatises, CLEs and Other Practice Material.
Practising Law Institute publications Westlaw PLI
(see also smaller databases by topic)Lexis ALLPLI
American Law Institute-- American Bar Ass'n Westlaw ALI-ABA
(see also smaller databases by topic) Lexis ALIABA
- Civil and Criminal Procedure:
- Wright & Miller, Fed. Pract. & Proc.
- Moore's Federal Practice
- Haydock, Discovery Practice
- Federal Civil Practice
- Federal Criminal Practice
- Wharton's Criminal Law
- Wharton's Criminal Procedure
- Bailey & Fishman, Crim. Trial Techniques
- Wharton's Criminal Evidence
- Particular Topics:
- Collier Bankruptcy Manual
- Larson, Employment Discrimination
- Gordon, Immigration Law & Practice
- Crimm, Tax Court Litigation
- Jacobs, Opinion Letters in Securities Matters
- Due Diligence in Securities Transactions
- Webb, Tarun & Molo, Corp. Internal Investig.
- Blumenthal & Wolff, Securities & Fed. Corp. L.
- Cooke, ERISA Practice & Proc.
- Arnold, Construction & Devel. Fin.
- Securities Law
- Areeda, Antitrust Law
- Intellectual Property Law
- McCarthy, Trademarks and Unfair Competition
- Gilson, Trademark Protection & Practice
- Milgrum on Licensing
- Nimmer on Copyright
- Chisum on Patents
- Walker on Patents
WARNING: USE FORMS WITH CARE. A form can be a helpful tool to help you craft language for a document or question script, it can help you outline your ideas, and it can help you ensure that you have not omitted any important issues. However, unless a particular form is mandated by law, it should be considered simply a tool. You will want to consider a number of issues in your use of a form, including the qualifications of its creator, whether it is specific to your jurisdiction and tribunal, when it was created, how well it accounts for your particular facts, whether it is well-written, and whether it truly does a good job of incorporating the relevant legal standards at issue in your case. We strongly advise you to use forms with great care, to independently research your issues, and to consult with supervising lawyers if you have any doubts about the reliability of a form.
For a brief overview of forms online and in print, see: http://www.lexisnexis.com/infopro/zimmerman/disp.aspx?z=1494
- General and Transactional Forms:
- Am. Jur. Legal Forms
- West's Legal Forms
- Nichol's Cyclopedia of Legal Forms
- Radkin & Johnson, Current Legal Forms w/Tax Analysis
- Closely Held Corps.: Forms and Checklists
- Fletcher Corporation Forms Annotated
- Sample contracts:
- Litigation Forms:
- Am. Jur. Pleading and Practice Forms
- Federal Procedural Forms
- Bender's Federal Practice Forms
- Bender's Forms of Discovery Interrogatories
- Nichols, Cyclopedia of Fed. Pract. Forms
- Am. Jur. Trials
- Am. Jur. Proof of Facts
Jury Instructions and Jury Verdicts
- Illinois Pattern Jury Instructions-Criminal
- Rowley & Moyers, Ill. Non-Pattern Jury Instr.
- Illinois Forms of Jury Instructions
- Illinois Pattern Instructions-Civil
- O'Malley, Grenig & Lee,
- Reserve KF 8984.D4
- Fed. Jury. Pract. & Instr.
- What's It Worth? (verdict reporter)
- Illinois Jury Verdicts & Settlements
Topical Reporters and Newsletters
Some of these resources are complete resources for statutes, regulations, cases, administrative decisions, and analysis. Others are meant more as current awareness tools with archives. The library has a guide to using topical reporters in print.
On Lexis , locate BNA, Matthew Bender, and Aspen publications in the following location in the directory:
Legal>Secondary Legal>Matthew Bender
Legal>Secondary Legal>Aspen Publishers
On Westlaw , locate BNA publications through individual topic areas:
All Databases > Topical Materials by Area of Practice.
Complete Reporter Services
- CCH Trade Regulation Reporter
- CCH Federal Securities Law Reporter
- CCH Blue Sky Reporter
- CCH NASD & stock exchange guides
- CCH North Am. Securities Dealers Ass'n Reports
- CCH Bankruptcy Law Reporter
- West UCC Reporting Service
- Bender UCC Service
- Bender UCC Service: Secured Transactions
- CCH Federal Banking Law Reporter
- CCH Consumer Credit Guide
- Aspen Fair Housing, Fair Lending
- WG&L Housing & Development Law Reporter
- Labor and Employment
- Disability, Environment, Products Liability
- LRP National Disability Law Reporter
- Environmental Law Reporter
- BNA Environment Reporter
- CCH Food Drug Cosmetic Law Reporter
- CCH Products Liability Reporter
- CCH Copyright Law Reporter
- Pike & Fisher Communication Regulation
- Almanac of the Federal Judiciary
- Garner, Legal Writing in Plain English
- Sullivan's Law Directory for the State of Illinois